It's often said that moving house is one of the most stressful experiences we go through, but it really doesn't have to be that way! There's a lot you can do to make moving easier and with the right attitude, you could even find yourself having fun! - Follow these top tips to ensure your moving experience is a walk in the park.
1. When it comes to removals, the most important factor you need to pencil in is time! Whether you're planning to throw everything into a box or treat your move like a military operation, these things always take longer than you think, so make sure you don't underestimate how long your move will take. Start packing non-essentials well in advance of your move and avoid taking everything you own. Instead, why not take the opportunity to declutter and get rid of all the rubbish you've accumulated over the years? You'll feel so much better when you don't have to find a place for your old junk in your new home.
2. When you go shopping without a list, it's inevitable you'll forget what you needed and end up with a load of things you don't - the same principle applies to house removals. A moving checklist is an absolute must. It can be complex and include an entire itinerary and list of everything you own, or you could simply use it to make sure you've ticked off all the essentials as you are unloading and loading your belongings. It often helps to make a list for every room in your home and write down on your boxes what is in them and where they should go in your new home, that way they can be distributed quickly and easily on arrival.
3. It is possible to move on your own steam, but it makes life much easier if you hire a man and a van to do some of the legwork for you. If you're on a tight budget it can be more cost effective than hiring a larger moving company and you're much more likely to keep your things safe with a professional packer in tow. A man and van will be able to help with heavy lifting and offer useful packing advice to keep your possessions safe.
4. Boxes, boxes and more boxes. You need good quality packaging including lots of boxes, bubble wrap, tissue paper and anything else that will keep your items secure. There's nothing worse than arriving at a new home only to find your favourite vase or picture is damaged so ensure you pack using the right equipment. You can buy packing boxes fairly cheaply, or some supermarkets and other shops will give you their empty boxes. If you don't want to pay for boxes then start collecting them before your move so you've got plenty on the big day.
5. When you reach your new destination the last thing you'll want to do is scrabble around looking through everything for tea bags, loo roll and other things you'll need immediately, so pack up a box that includes drinks, the kettle, some food and something to keep kids occupied so you'll feel ready to tackle moving in as soon as you arrive. You can also include nightwear and anything else you'll need for sleeping such as blankets and duvet covers, after all, the chances are you and your family will be in need for a good night's sleep! Lastly, don't forget you'll need your new house keys to hand so make sure you know where they are before you leave.